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If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd

by ambrus (Abbot)
on Jul 01, 2013 at 09:42 UTC ( #1041799=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd

Take the throne, then return it to the Prince
[bar] 135/29%
Take the throne and keep it
[bar] 139/30%
Inform the authorities
[bar] 135/29%
Do nothing
[bar] 59/13%
468 total votes
Comment on If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 01, 2013 at 09:50 UTC
    Revolution
Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by Ratazong (Prior) on Jul 01, 2013 at 09:54 UTC
      Why did you vote to reap the funniest answer?

      Update: Nevermind...I know it must have been a case of E_NO_GET_JOKE :-)

Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by chuckbutler (Priest) on Jul 02, 2013 at 01:19 UTC

    ...Would be the one staying late to apply the security patches...

    -c

Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by Happy-the-monk (Monsignor) on Jul 02, 2013 at 06:09 UTC

    Take the throne and keep it

    ...at least until all the holes I found are reasonably patched up.

    No, don't tell anyone about it, you get framed for telling about it in this society.

    Rather write a general How-to-fix-it, publish and eventually find a new job as a security Pope somewhere else.

    Cheers, Sören

    (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by moritz (Cardinal) on Jul 02, 2013 at 17:27 UTC

    I'd put different fools on throne in an 8-hour rhythm.

Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by swampyankee (Parson) on Jul 04, 2013 at 19:52 UTC

    Obviously, take the throne, keep it, and fix the security hole. Since I'm not vindictive, the former Prince could wear purple and party like it's 1999.


    Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc

      Updated version: take throne, rob country, carefully placing evidence of prince's corruption in a "secure" location where it can be easily found, stage "free and fair elections," which will give throne to prince's favorite general, and head for a comfortable exile in Ruritania.


      Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc

Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by OfficeLinebacker (Chaplain) on Jul 05, 2013 at 18:52 UTC
    First of all, no "inform the Prince" option?

    Honestly, it would have to do with how I feel about the organization and my circumstances. If I was truly a pauper and I was struggling to feed my family, I may try to figure out a way to exploit the situation.

    Isn't there an established way to proceed that ethical security researchers have developed? Privately contact the organization responsible for the security flaw and if they don't fix it in X number of days, go public with it?

      Hmmm... Address it in X days or pay me $1x10^n to not go public with it.
Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Jul 12, 2013 at 18:53 UTC
    1. Take the Throne
    2. Use my access to grab all the info I could about the Prince's surveillance excesses
    3. Leave the Kingdom and travel to another that I believe is 'far more open' than the original, but has a very strong extradition treaty with my homeland
    4. Leave *that* Kingdom for yet another that also claims to be 'far more open', but has an unparalleled legacy of spying on its own people
    5. Live like Tom Hanks in The Terminal in that Kingdom while their King keeps changing his story about what my options are
    6. Keep wondering what the weather is like in Honolulu right now, since this Kingdom's airport doesn't have wifi

    Any similarities to any person, living or dead, are purely coincidental

    fnord
Re: If I were the Pauper who found a security hole that allows privilege escalation, I'd
by ksublondie (Pilgrim) on Jul 22, 2013 at 17:26 UTC
    Considering I'm too busy with the daily drudgeries of Pauperdom life, I don't have time to actively look for security holes. Any I discover would have to be completely obvious and smack me in the face. I would assume that if I found the hole, someone else knows about it too.

      I disagree, the Pauper in the original story never actively looked for security holes either, he's found it by accident.

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